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charge lamp always on

first off hello, second my 98 has the battery symbol (charge lamp) always on. I replaced the alt with a used, the code was gen field circuit, now the lamp is on but no codes, it is charging 13.50v, it is not drawing too many amps when off, am I missing something? thanks
ps the ck engine lamp is on still with a code for ambient air sensor low, can it be related? fuses all good
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Disconnect your battery for 15 minutes and check for codes again. And check again after running it for a bit.
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thanks, I will try that. I did use an OTC scan tool to clear codes
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and where is the damn ambient/ batt temp sensor? I think I might know, on lower rad support dead center? I found 2 blue w/ tracer wires but no connector or sensor. am I correct?
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Maybe. FSM says violet/light green and dark blue/grey wires. I was thinking it was up higher, wires come down from above, but maybe you have it.

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and where is the damn ambient/ batt temp sensor? I think I might know, on lower rad support dead center? I found 2 blue w/ tracer wires but no connector or sensor. am I correct?
The sensor should be located on the passenger side and on the bottom (underside) of the bumper brace.
The bumper brace is located directly behind the center of the bumper.
It is a large metal tube that bolts to the end of each frame rail.

The connector is included in the headlight wiring harness that runs from the
driver's side headlight across the bumper brace to the passenger side headlight.
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that might be it , looks like it was cleaned off before I got it by a parking curb, anyone have a pic that isn't a component locator type?
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and if the ambient is also called batt temp sensor will it make the batt light come on?
EDIT: found some online info that yes the batt light illuminates to let you know of reduced charging and or risk of battery damage.... true?

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and if the ambient is also called batt temp sensor will it make the batt light come on?
EDIT: found some online info that yes the batt light illuminates to let you know of reduced charging and or risk of battery damage.... true?
If it is NOT there, I'm pretty sure the light will be on.
Pretty easy to pick one up if you have a wrecking yard nearby.

If the connector is gone, too, you'll have to splice that back in.
That should get rid of your light.

Come to think of it, that temp sensor (not being there) may affect other
things in the running of the car because the computer does not know what
the outside temp is. Although, it probably defaults to something like 65 degrees;
which might be ok for Vancouver Island -- lol.
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